All About My Music Band
As I have grown up as a music fan; I find myself feeling less and less obliged to take everyone’s taste into consideration. Gone are the days where a bunch of great reviews of a jazz music band or a mid-tempo adult contemporary rock record insists that I give said to record the benefit of the doubt. In a way, this could reflect a nearsightedness that is less than healthy. But I do not see points this way.
Instead, what I see us a chance to be better at learning what I like; as well as better at cultivating that taste into something I can more clearly support and share with others. Do not ask me about the music band of new Bon Iver record. I do not know or care about that music. But let’s spend the next few hours discussing the nuances in the latest release from noise pop band Times New Viking.
Songs you love as a kid do not necessarily get chosen by you instead they choose you
For anyone who has read even a little bit of music writing this probably seems like a gigantic cliché and that is because it is one. But not all clichés are false. As a child and then as a teenager I engaged directly with what I perceived to be the best songs ever from the Ramones and Nirvana, eventually opening up my pallet to Gram Parsons and Wu-Tang Clan.
But as my pallet for quality music became more diverse other factors started to enter in. If I liked every kind of music that had to be some mission statement. I could like rock, country, rap and not jazz. So I bought Thelonious Monk and dabbled in Miles Davis. I never much liked any of it. But I claimed to. Not liking something that was objectively good made me less of a fan I thought.
What I realize now
Of course we are defined by what does not turn us on as much as by what does. Cutting yourself off from things certainly does not make you understand things better. But neither does force continued exposure or commitment to things you clearly have problems with. Forcing yourself to like everything belittles one’s taste in everything. This revelation, of course; happened deep into the wrong side of my 20’s.
The early part of my third decade was spent truly assuming I was made to like everything. Now that I am out of that I understand the things I like more and in a strange way I have a distant respect for folks who have differing opinions more.
Here’s how I began my music band called Cradle of Filth
I am going to share my story on how and what helped me when I first started out in the music industry. Like all things in life, nothing is easy. But with a little bit of hard work we can achieve anything we put our minds to.
The first tip I would like to share with you is very important. All functioning bands that are serious about what they do and want to succeed should always hold band meetings. That’s right; bands should also hold meetings so that everyone understands what the bands goals are and how they are going to achieve them. Having short-term as well as long-term goals is a vital part of the bands overall success. If you plan on making it anywhere in this industry – you need to hold weekly meetings.
In addition to holding meetings on a weekly basis, each member of the band should chip in on the cost of monthly rental fee’s, equipment repair, gas money to gigs – and so on. If your going to play music for a living, there is going to be times when you will have to pitch in some money to keep things rolling smoothly.
It takes money to make money
Therefore, everyone in the band should split the cost up between each other. There should never be one band member paying more than someone else or someone not chipping in at all because this can cause unnecessary problems the band does not need. Those are ideals that helped me to launch my own band Cradle of Filth.
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